It is 2014 and half of the 193 Members of Parliament in Malawi are young people aged below 40.
This is the dream and initiative that the Youth Association for Restoration of Democracy in Malawi YARDEMA is championing in the forex-starved southern African nation to ave 50 percent or more youth holding parliamentary positions after the 2014 elections.
“We want to achieve this, it is high time we the young people who are in majority took over leadership positions,” chairperson of the group lawyer Wapona Kita told Zodiak’s Tiuzeni Zoona program on Sunday.
Kita said the grouping does not belong to any party and will support any young person from any political party.
“We want to teach the roles of the youth in politics and restoration of democracy. Young people should not be used as weapons of violence in politics,” said Kita.
He dissmissed assertions that the grouping has been formed to help 33 year old Atupele Muluzi who has shown interest to lead former ruling party UDF in the 2014 presidential elections.
“This group is not for Atupele. All we want is to change the mindset of the youth that politics is not part of their live. We will work with any young person from any political party,” Kita told Pilirani Phiri, host of the program.
As part of its unveiling campaigns, YARDEMA organised a public debate at chancellor college on the role of young people in politics.
Half of Malawi’s population is comprised of young people below 35.